Canyon Ridge Middle School Theater Arts

“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.”

Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications,

Xerox Corporation

Not every child who enters my classroom will leave and pursue a career in theater or film. Therefore, the learning that happens within these walls must be relevant to whatever their future pursuits. Consequently, my curriculum concentrates not only on theater appreciation, history, and practice, but also 21st century skills (i.e. flexibility, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and artistry). By the end of our time together, each student will feel confident in their abilities to work within a group setting, follow through with a creative process, and share an innovative product.
In a message to all of the Fine Arts educators in the district, Fine Arts Director Peter Warshaw said:

"One of the best things to happen in Texas public education is the requirement that every student in high school must complete a TEKS-based course in order to graduate, and that every student in middle school is required to complete a TEKS-based course.  Arts Education is not a frill; rather, it is beneficial to every student and helps teachers reach students across a broad spectrum of learning styles.

For more information about the positive impact that Fine Arts education has on students, and to become more knowledgeable about legislative actions that could impact fine arts program in Texas, I invite you to join  By registering at the site, you can help educate our state’s decision makers about the importance of Fine Arts education.  There’s no charge for joining, and does not share email addresses with any other organization."

Rest assured that your children will learn knowledge and skills essential to their education according to their learning style. I look forward to having fun and creating with your students. I hope you join us this year through participation in scheduled events. 


Dana R. Thompson

Canyon Ridge Middle School Theater Arts

Phone: 512.570.3500 ext. 43588

Important Dates

November 16th Theater One Performances 5pm (1st Period), 6pm (3rd Period), 7pm (7th Period)

November 30th Advanced Theater Performance 6pm

6th Grade Theater Arts will not perform outside of the school day.

For more information about performances, please refer to the Spring Season webpage.

VHS Auditions TBD

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VHS Course Selections

Theatre Productions 1-4 

This is the UIL class for VHS Theatre with only 25 spots available to both upper and lower classmen.  Students must audition for a spot in the class every school year. Theatre productions students have a 3 show requirement, which is part of their 6 weeks grade.


Theatre 2

This class is comprised mostly of incoming freshman who have already had several years of experience. Students must have a teacher recommendation.  This class also requires an audition for acceptance. Theatre 2 students are required to participate onstage or off in a show each semester, this is part of their 6 weeks grade.  

VHS does not currently offer Musical Theatre classes.

All auditions will be held in early May. Please check the VHS Theatre website for more information. 

All auditions will require two contrasting monologues, a headshot, and a resume of theatrical experience. 

Auditions cannot be longer than three minutes in length.

Dana Thompson,
May 31, 2017, 9:16 AM